Dean's Executive Summary

The College of Education and Human Services Year In Review—July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016 provides a snapshot of the past year in the College of Education and Human Services. We are proud to showcase the many ways CEHS put into action our important mission: preparing professionals to meet the educational, leadership, and human services needs of a diverse, democratic society. CEHS faculty and staff excel at preparing students to change the world through our pioneering programs, at establishing partnerships that create opportunities for collaboration in our schools and communities and at providing important research that directly impacts the health, wellness, and economic vitality of our region and beyond. Truly, the College of Education and Human Services is the foundation for building a robust society.  Our graduates positively impact the lives of thousands of people in our region each day!

Program Quality and Academic Distinctiveness

The college continued to engage in a comprehensive and rigorous process for ensuring high-quality programs.

  • All educator preparation programs were granted reaccreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Accreditation (NCATE).
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked our online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program No.17 in the nation among the best online graduate education programs.
  • The Department of Human Services Clinical and Mental Health and School Counseling programs were approved for accreditation through 2019.
  • The Organizational Leadership program was awarded Honors Scholar designation through the University Honors program.

Student Access and Attainment

The college continued to sustain an environment that supports student success, meeting the needs of our students from the point of recruitment through graduation/completion.

  • During WSU Homecoming Weekend, the Dean’s Advancement Council hosted our second annual CEHS Trivia Night, a fundraising event to support CEHS scholarships. Over $1,000 was raised for the Dean’s Advancement Council scholarship fund. Over 200 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends enjoyed Trivia Night.
  • The CEHS Student Services advisors are piloting the latest iteration of the student success platform. The Raider Academic Progress System, known as RAPS Campus, combines a student  success analytics dashboard with an appointment scheduling and reporting platform. The student success dashboard provides advisors with a snapshot of a student’s academic progress. Linda Hockaday, Assistant Director of Student Services, is the project leader for the university.
  • Leadership Studies hosted the annual Leadership Launch, welcoming OL students, alumni, and employees from organizations that have supported OL students in internships or community service placements.
  • First Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Hooding Ceremony held in April 2016.
  • Human Services graduate faculty instituted their first orientation for new graduate students. In addition, student organization Chi Sigma Iota initiated peer to peer mentoring for graduate students.
  • The new Deaf Studies minor enrolled 120 students in its first year.
  • The WSU Athletic Training Student team finished 2nd out of 16 universities participating in the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl.
  • Study abroad programs and international internship/field experience opportunities fostered global awareness and created connections in England, France, and Chile.

Research and Innovation

The college continued to expand research efforts and support research initiatives for faculty development and student engagement.

  • CEHS faculty continued to have a leadership role in the Ohio Education Research Center.
  • CEHS continued to fund partnership mini-grants and faculty development grants to support faculty research and collaboration efforts with school and community partners; for example, a student diversity committee; an incentive program to reduce opiate abuse; an interactive video game created for performance-based student learning; using iPads for students with disabilities to increase academic growth; veteran community listening sessions; an educational exercise intervention program for children and caregivers during cancer treatment, school gardens, and much more.   
  • Collaborative student-faculty research was presented at national and state professional conferences, including the Wright State Celebration of Research, Scholarship, and Innovation, the Ohio Confederation of Teacher    Education Organizations (OCTEO), and the Midwest Academy of Management.
  • The first Global Academy of Teaching Excellence (GATE) workshop was held in the summer of 2015. Faculty from Nigerian Institutions of Higher Education spent a week at Wright State learning about best practices in higher education.

Community Engagement and Partnership

Essential to realizing our mission is our continued commitment to partnerships and community engagement.

  • Tracey Kramer was selected as the new Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences (OPFE) director. Goal-setting meetings were held with all partnership districts.
  • OPFE offered three professional development opportunities for university supervisors and two workshops on brain-based learning for student teachers.  The office also created a new process for student teacher/cooperating teacher interviews and implemented a new assessment tool for student teaching midterm and final evaluations.
  • The Wright State University Network for Educational Renewal (WSUNER), in collaboration with its school and community partners, held its fifth annual conference, hosting 250 teachers from local school districts.
  • CEHS representatives participated in the Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (OACTE) Day on the Square, visiting state legislators to discuss P-12 and higher education issues.
  • The 2015 NNER Richard W. Clark Partner School award was presented to Teacher Education faculty member Anna Lyon for her work with the Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy.  
  • CEHS initiated a formal Professional Development School (PDS) relationship with Westbrooke Village. Jeremy Mills is the Faculty Site Coordinator for Westbrooke.
  • The Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, an exercise and wellness-based initiative created by Sports Science professor Karen Wonders, has experienced huge growth and now has offices at Soin and Greene Memorial hospitals.
  • The PAX Good Behavior Game has been widely adopted by local school districts, community organizations, and hospital systems.  Dr. Jason Fruth has conducted local and national training sessions on the PAX prevention program, which reduces behavioral issues and drug and alcohol addiction.        

Marketing and Stewardship

The college continued to expand marketing and stewardship opportunities to promote ongoing growth and development.

  • CEHS welcomed new Advancement Officer Carrie Mueller. 
  • The Dean’s Advancement Council welcomed two new members from the community, Jennifer    Schmidt and Anne Johnson-Oliss.
  • The CEHS Dean’s Advancement Council hosted its fourth annual scholarship celebration, honoring scholarship recipients and the donors who made the scholarships possible. The Advancement Council Scholarship was renamed the Charlotte M. Harris Dean’s Advancement Council Scholarship to honor her work in creating the fund and in initiating the Advancement Council in 2010.
  • CEHS produced and disseminated its eNewsletter to share faculty, staff, student, and alumni news with our constituent communities. A magazine-style annual report was mailed out to stakeholders.
  • CEHS hosted CEHS Night at a WSU men’s basketball game with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. The event is in its third year and attendance has increased each year.

Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and continued commitment to the College of Education and Human Services.

Joseph E. Keferl, Rh.D.
Dean, Wright State University
College of Education and Human Services